Crisp meaning

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Crisp is defined as firm or brittle, or describes cool weather, or writing or talking in an abrupt but polite way.

The layer of snow across the lawn after a snow storm is an example of a crisp layer of snow.

A 50-degree fall day that is neither warm nor freezing is an example of a crisp day.

If someone says hello and you politely but curtly reply hello back, this is an example of when you gave a crisp hello.

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The definition of a crisp is a baked fruit desert with a crumbly top.

A baked apple desert with a crumbly brown sugar top is an example of an apple crisp.

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The definition of crisp is to cook something in a way that it gets done, dry and maybe even a little burnt.

When you barbecue hot dogs until they start to burn, this is an example of when you crisp the hot dogs.

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Firm but easily broken or crumbled; brittle.

Crisp potato chips.

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Pleasingly firm and fresh.

Crisp carrot and celery sticks.

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Conspicuously clean or new.

A crisp dollar bill.

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Marked by clarity, conciseness, and briskness.

A crisp reply.

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Having small curls, waves, or ripples. Used of hair.
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To become or remain crisp.
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Something crisp or easily crumbled.

The roast was burned to a crisp.

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A dessert of fruit baked with a sweet crumbly topping.

Apple crisp.

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A potato chip.
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Stiff and brittle; easily broken, snapped, or crumbled.

Crisp bacon, cookies, etc.

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Fresh and firm.

Crisp celery.

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Fresh and tidy.

A crisp uniform.

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Sharp and clear.

A crisp analysis.

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Lively; animated.

Crisp dialogue.

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Fresh and invigorating; bracing.

Crisp air.

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Sharply and squarely hit.

A crisp tennis shot.

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Closely curled and wiry.

Crisp hair.

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Rippled; wavy; wrinkled.
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Something crisp.
  • A piece of food, esp. a cookie, that is thin and crisp or contains a crunchy ingredient.
  • Something made crisp, as by overcooking.
    Dinner burned to a crisp.
  • A dessert consisting of fruit baked with a crumbly topping as of flour, sugar, and butter.
    Apple crisp.
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To make or become crisp.
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(of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
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(dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.

Crisp hair.

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Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.

The crisp snow crunched underfoot.

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Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
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Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold.
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(of movement, action, etc.) Quick and accurate.
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(of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point. (Esp. in make it crisp.)
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Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.
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(UK) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.
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To make crisp.

To crisp bacon by frying it.

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(intransitive) To become crisp.
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(dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
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(intransitive, archaic) To undulate or ripple.
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(archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.
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To make or keep crisp.
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Origin of crisp

  • Middle English curly from Old English from Latin crispus sker-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English crisp (“curly”), from Old English crisp (“curly”), from Latin crispus (“curly”)
    From Wiktionary